Brady Street, Whitechapel

Client:   Sainsbury’s
Value:    £16M
Status:  Completed September 2010

The project was born out of a requirement to keep a busy food retail store trading whilst half of its site was taken by Crossrail for five years. The response required the creation of a new three storey car park on the reduced site; connected to the store via an atrium containing vertical circulation and a cafe on the ground floor in a highly constrained site. Working with Buro Happold, the car park structure had to be designed to allow for the movement and settlement caused by Crossrail’s tunnelling below the site. Photographer: Simon Kennedy

Fast construction time was paramount. Use of pre-fabricated components and super scale cladding panels reduced on site disruption and build time. Architecturally, a ribbon of printed fabric panels wraps and unifies the atrium and parking decks in a ‘pattern of produce’ to create an abstract shop window onto Brady Street and Cambridge Heath Road.

View along Brady Street

View from Cambridge Heath Road

Ribbons of graphic fabric wrap the prefabricated structure

The temporary atrium space providing elevated views to the city beyond. Photographer: Tim Soar